||This course introduces the basics of film studies to students interested in learning about film industry, film language, film history, and film analysis. Stu-dents can expect to gain a fairly good notion of how a film is produced, made, distributed, and viewed. Besides the key technical elements of camera, sound, mise-en-scène, and editing, the course will cover subjects such as narrative, genre, star, and ideology. Graeme Turner’s useful book Film As Social Practice will be the textbook for the semester. We will also read a few chapters from Understanding Movies and Film Art as well as other related works. A handful of excellent documentaries on film will be used as sup-plements to the lectures: A Personal Journey through American Movies with Martin Scorsese, Cinema Europe, and American Cinema. Students are required to attend the weekly film screening to be scheduled in the evening. Those who are interested in taking this course should begin to watch as many films as possi-ble.